Before Action: A William Noel Hodgdon and the 9th Devons, a by Charlotte Zeepvat

By Charlotte Zeepvat

William Noel Hodgson by no means meant to be a soldier; he desired to write. the nice conflict made his acceptance as a poet however it additionally killed him. This groundbreaking biography strains his direction throughout the pre-war global and explores why he set his personal hopes and plans apart to hitch the military. His tale is own however it inspires the event of a generation.
A hundred years on, Hodgson isn't just remembered for his poetry. He has develop into one of many best-known casualties of the 1st day of the conflict of the Somme, the main lethal day in British army historical past. His personal unit, the ninth Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, misplaced good over part the boys who went excessive that morning and each officer yet one: useless, wounded or lacking, so much within the first half-hour.
Before motion attracts on Hodgson�s personal writing and at the unpublished letters and diaries of his fellow officials to recreate the stories of a 1914 volunteer battalion. via their eyes we see every little thing from the lighter moments of soldiering to conflict at its such a lot violent: at bathrooms, the place Hodgson gained the army move, and the hole day of the Somme offensive. The booklet bargains a tremendous new rationalization of what occurred to the ninth Devons that fateful morning. It uncovers the hidden meanings at the back of a few of Hodgson�s so much widespread poems, and its wider issues of kinfolk and friendship, struggle, grief and remembrance, are universal.

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